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Hamas and Islamic Jihad Respond to U.N. Ceasefire Plan

HeadlineJun 12, 2024

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have submitted a formal response to a United Nations ceasefire proposal for the Gaza Strip. A Hamas spokesperson said the group’s priority is to bring a “complete stop” to Israel’s assault on Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to respond publicly to the U.S.-backed ceasefire resolution, which was approved by the U.N. Security Council on Monday. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday Netanyahu had “reaffirmed his commitment to the proposal.”

This comes as Israel continues its unrelenting assault on the Gaza Strip. Among the latest attacks was an airstrike on a home in Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood earlier today that killed at least six people. In Jordan, world leaders and top aid officials gathered Tuesday for an emergency humanitarian summit on Gaza. They were joined by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.

Secretary-General António Guterres: “Excellencies, the horror must stop. It’s high time for a ceasefire, along with the unconditional release of hostages. I welcome the peace initiative recently outlined by President Biden and urge all parties to seize this opportunity and come to an agreement.”

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